CNN covers tomorrow's ObamaCare waivers today:
Why casino workers hate Obamacare
Union workers picketed outside the Stratosphere over the weekend, ahead of a March 20 vote that would give the union the right to call a strike.
At issue are Obamacare fees and mandates that have greatly increased the health insurance fund's expenses in recent years. What's angering the local, along with many unions nationwide, is that the fund doesn't qualify for federal subsidies to cover low-income workers that for-profit insurers do. The union fund wants these subsidies to help offset the added costs.
Those subsidies, which go directly to insurers, help lower-income Americans purchase insurance on the individual market through state and federal exchanges. But since union plans are considered employer-sponsored plans, there is no federal money to subsidize its members.
So far, White House officials have not made an exception for the unions.
So far. Last fall the Administration took a tougher line, but that was several political eras ago and we've all passed a lot of water since then. Obama has a pen and a phone, midterm elections to win survive and no seeming limit to his "transitional" authority over ObamaCare. Some Friday afternoon this waiver will be announced. Hmm, when is the Fourth of July [FWIW, the money bet is, the Fourth. Of July.]? Or what could more appropriate than Labor Day weekend?